A teacher in Texas, USA has gone viral for her “no homework” policy. She believes her second-grade students will be perform better in their studies if they’re allowed more time to play and be with their families.
Image shows Brandy Young’s letter to parents.
Although her arguments in defense of the policy has since attracted condemnation by some critics on the social media, there are quite a few parents who are commending her for the “innovation”.
Many parents believe the new policy will have a positive impact on the students as well as improve educational values.
Brandy Young is a the “famous” teacher from Godley Elementary School in Johnson County, Texas.
“Take what you’ve learned in the classroom and apply it outside of the classroom,” Young said. “That’s what I hope they’re doing with the learning that they get in my room.”
Her official notice on the “no homework” policy issued to parents has drawn media attention immediately it was posted on Facebook by one of the parents, Sarah Gallagher, noted KXAS-TV.
“After much research this summer, I am trying something new. Homework will only consist of work that your student did not finish during the school day. There will be no assigned homework this year,” said Young’s letter, which has been shared more than 72,000 times off Gallagher’s Facebook page.
“Research has been unable to prove that homework improves students’ performances. Rather, I ask that you spend your evenings doing things that are proven to correlate with student success. Eat dinner as a family, read together, play outside, and get your child to bed early.”
Gallagher said Facebook users from all over the world have contacted her about the letter, including Australia, Japan, Ireland, and countries in Africa, said WGN-TV.
Godley Independent School District Superintendent Rich Dear appeared to back Young, saying teachers there, southwest of Fort Worth, are encouraged to be innovative and that Young was putting her students first, said KXAS-TV.
Duke education professor Harris M. Cooper disagreed with Young’s view of homework, saying it was her job to make homework valuable to her students, said KXAS-TV.
“Make it relevant, make it fun and make it part of what kids want to do,” said Cooper, author of the book ‘The Battle Over Homework.’ “That’s her challenge, not cut it off entirely.”
Young told CBS News in an interview that the idea behind her policy was to help the children be more well-rounded students.
She said: “(Students) work hard all day.
“When they go home they have other things they need to learn there.
“I’m trying to develop their whole person; it’s not beneficial to go home and do pencil and paper work.”
Surprisingly, most parents agree with Young’s stand on the issue as shown in their Facebook comments.